Has the crazy advertising started in your neck of the woods? Mother’s Day is coming. If you are looking for some suggestions for humourous gifts for the mothers in your lives, or a Mother’s Day treat for yourself, here is a handful of books that made me laugh.
by Laurie Kilmartin, Karen Moline, Alicia Ybarbo & Mary Ann Zoellner
New York: Abrams, 2012.
A hilarious stand-up routine of a book written by 4 mothers! (A different four!) Three of the four mothers who wrote this book also write for television (the fourth writes books), and it shows in the timing of their humour. Better yet, they can say stuff here that you can’t say on tv, and this is a wildly inappropriate parenting “guide.” Included are chapters on how to send a sick kid to daycare, how to avoid having a child who will want to do team sports (read, make you drive them to said sports), and how to keep texting and sipping your latte while other mothers parent your children on the playground. Totally tongue in cheek, it also hits many of the parenting sore spots and makes you smile wryly at the mess you are in. This was a Valentine’s Day gift from my beloved, and it was a perfect antidote to the shelf full of advice books that take themselves too seriously.
Toronto: Magenta, 2012.
Another Valentine’s gift from my husband, one that accurately portrays that species of hockey mom who, while she does not scream advice from the bleachers, is nevertheless capable of deafening other spectators with her cheers. Not that I know anyone like that. (There’s one in blue, for dads, too.)
The Kid Dictionary
by Eric Ruhalter
A hilarious dictionary of words made up by the author in order to fill the void of parenting situations that call for a precise word. One from of one of our readers who left a comment on my earlier review of the book: sneezoning: (n) what is added when your child sneezes on his or her food. See my earlier review here.